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Van Park, PhD, MPH

Title(s)Associate Professor, Community Health Systems
SchoolSchool of Nursing
Phone415-514-3318
EmailVan.Park@ucsf.edu
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    Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MarylandPhDHealth Policy & Management, concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences
    University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CaliforniaMPHHealth Promotion
    University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CaliforniaBSHealth Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies
    University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CaliforniaBASociology
    Stanford University, Stanford, CaliforniaCertificate of Ethnogeriatrics
    University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, CaliforniaPostdoctoral Fellowship in Drug Abuse Treatment and Services Research

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    Dr. Van Ta Park is an Associate Professor at UCSF, School of Nursing, Department of Community Health Systems, and teaches in the Advanced Public Health Nursing (APHN) program. Her primary research interest is to address issues related to racial and ethnic minority health and healthcare disparities, especially among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), through community-based participatory research. Her research areas include mental health, Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD), substance use, and intimate partner violence. Her projects examine the barriers and facilitators to accessing mental health and related treatment, and the effectiveness of innovative and culturally appropriate programs to address mental health stigma and barriers to help-seeking.

    Her current work includes a $3.3 million R24 grant from the NIH/NIA called, “Collaborative Approach for AAPI Research and Education (CARE) in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD).” The ultimate goal of CARE is to address the gap and reduce disparities in ADRD and aging-related research participation among AAPI through the creation of a registry of 10,000 AAPI who are interested in participating in various types of ADRD and aging-related research. CARE will be conducted in five languages (English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Korean) across four sites in California (San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento County, Los Angeles County, and Orange County).

    She is also collaborating with a community partner, International Children Assistance Network (ICAN), on a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Engagement Award: Dissemination Initiative. The title of the award is, "Community Education for Vietnamese Americans on Dementia Caregiving and Advanced Care Planning."

    She also has a pilot award from Stanford University, School of Medicine, Stanford Precision Health for Ethnic and Racial Equity (SPHERE). The title of the award is, "Texting to be Heard in Precision Health Research – Our Vietnamese American Voice."

    Some of her past work included the Alzheimer’s Association’s Mentored New Investigator Research Grant to Promote Diversity (MNIRGD). The purpose of this three year grant (2015-18) was to culturally tailor a program to reduce stress and depression among Vietnamese American dementia caregivers. Dr. Ta Park also received a pilot grant (2017-18) from Stanford University, School of Medicine, Stanford Precision Health for Ethnic and Racial Equity (SPHERE) to develop and evaluate a Korean drama precision mental health curriculum among English-speaking AAPI, Vietnamese-speaking persons and Korean-speaking persons. She also has several other studies investigating the role of Korean drama to de-stigmatize mental health and help-seeking.

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    Collaborative Approach for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Research and Education (CARE) in Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD)
    NIH/NIA R24AG063718Sep 1, 2019 - May 31, 2022
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Role Description: The ultimate goal of CARE is to address the gap and reduce disparities in Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD) and aging-related research participation among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) through the creation of a registry of 10,000 AAPI who are interested in participating in various types of ADRD and aging-related research. CARE will be conducted in five languages (English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Korean) across four sites in California (San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento County, Los Angeles County, and Orange County).
    Collaborative Approach for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Research and Education (CARE) in Alzheimer?s Disease and Related Dementias.
    NIH/NIA R24AG063718Sep 1, 2019 - May 31, 2022
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Community Education for Vietnamese Americans on Dementia Caregiving and Advanced Care Planning
    Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Engagement Award: Dissemination Initiative EADI 16132Sep 1, 2019 - Aug 31, 2021
    Role: Academic Investigator
    Texting to be Heard in Precision Health Research – Our Vietnamese American Voice
    Stanford Precision Health Ethnic and Racial Equity (SPHERE) Pilot Grants Program May 1, 2019 - Mar 30, 2020
    Role: Principal Investigator
    All of Us Journey - Outreach & Education to Underserved Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean Americans
    All of Us Research Program sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Jan 5, 2018 - Feb 28, 2018
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Developing and Evaluating a Korean drama Precision Mental Health Curriculum among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
    Stanford Precision Health Ethnic and Racial Equity (SPHERE) Pilot Grants Program May 1, 2017 - Apr 30, 2018
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Culturally tailored program to reduce stress among Vietnamese dementia caregivers
    Alzheimer’s Association’s Mentored New Investigator Research Grant to Promote Diversity (MNIRGD) MNIRGD-15-363144Jan 1, 2016 - Dec 30, 2018
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Ta Park VM, Ton V, Yeo G, Tiet QQ, Vuong Q, Gallagher-Thompson D. Vietnamese American Dementia Caregivers' Perceptions and Experiences of a Culturally Tailored, Evidence-Based Program to Reduce Stress and Depression. J Gerontol Nurs. 2019 Sep 01; 45(9):39-50. PMID: 31437289.
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    2. Park E, Kim N, Ta Park VM, Rhee Y. Caregiving for Community-Dwelling Older Persons in South Korea: Current Formal and Informal Care Use and Expectation. J Appl Gerontol. 2019 Aug 05; 733464819866360. PMID: 31378116.
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    3. Ta Park VM, Ton V, Tiet QQ, Vuong Q, Yeo G, Gallagher-Thompson D. Promising results from a pilot study to reduce distress in Vietnamese American dementia and memory loss caregivers. Alzheimers Dement (N Y). 2019; 5:319-327. PMID: 31384663.
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    4. Ta Park VM, Olaisen RH, Vuong Q, Rosas LG, Cho MK. Using Korean Dramas as a Precision Mental Health Education Tool for Asian Americans: A Pilot Study. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 Jun 18; 16(12). PMID: 31216626.
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    5. Ta Park VM, Goyal D, Suen J, Win N, Tsoh JY. Chinese American Women's Experiences with Postpartum Depressive Symptoms and Mental Health Help-Seeking Behaviors. MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs. 2019 May/Jun; 44(3):144-149. PMID: 31033585.
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    6. Ta Park VM, Kaholokula JK, Chao PJ, Antonio M. Depression and Help-Seeking Among Native Hawaiian Women. J Behav Health Serv Res. 2018 07; 45(3):454-468. PMID: 29280087.
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    7. Ta Park V, Nguyen K, Tran Y, Yeo G, Tiet Q, Suen J, Gallagher-Thompson D. Perspectives and Insights from Vietnamese American Mental Health Professionals on How to Culturally Tailor a Vietnamese Dementia Caregiving Program. Clin Gerontol. 2018 May-Jun; 41(3):184-199. PMID: 29419364.
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    8. Ta Park VM, Goyal D, Nguyen T, Lien H, Rosidi D. Postpartum Traditions, Mental Health, and Help-Seeking Considerations Among Vietnamese American Women: a Mixed-Methods Pilot Study. J Behav Health Serv Res. 2017 Jul; 44(3):428-441. PMID: 26276422.
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    9. Goyal D, Park VT, McNiesh S. Postpartum Depression Among Asian Indian Mothers. MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs. 2015 Jul-Aug; 40(4):256-61. PMID: 26121757.
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    10. Ta Park VM, Hayes DK, Humphreys J. Disparities in intimate partner violence prenatal counseling: setting a baseline for the implementation of the Guidelines for Women's Preventive Services. Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2014 May; 73(5):137-43. PMID: 24843836.
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    11. Ta Park, V.M., Luo, L., & Rosidi, D.A Qualitative Examination about Providers’ Perceptions and Recommendations Regarding the Role of Public Librarians in Addressing Communities’ Health Literacy. QQML (Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries) Journal. 2014; 3:567-582.
    12. Luo, L., & Ta Park, V.M.Text 4 Health: Addressing Consumer Health Information Needs via Text Reference Service. Reference and User Services Quarterly. 2014; 53(4):326-333.
    13. Hendricks PS, Westmaas JL, Ta Park VM, Thorne CB, Wood SB, Baker MR, Lawler RM, Webb Hooper M, Delucchi KL, Hall SM. Smoking abstinence-related expectancies among American Indians, African Americans, and women: potential mechanisms of tobacco-related disparities. Psychol Addict Behav. 2014 Mar; 28(1):193-205. PMID: 23528192.
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    14. Luo, L, & Ta Park, V.M.Preparing Public Librarians for Consumer Health Information Service: A Nation-wide Study. Library and Information Science Research. 2013; 35(4):310-317.
    15. Williams RJ, Kittinger DS, Ta VM, Nihoa WK, Payne C, Nigg CR. An assessment of community capacity to prevent adolescent alcohol consumption. Health Promot Pract. 2012 Sep; 13(5):670-8. PMID: 22467663.
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    16. Mericle AA, Ta Park VM, Holck P, Arria AM. Prevalence, patterns, and correlates of co-occurring substance use and mental disorders in the United States: variations by race/ethnicity. Compr Psychiatry. 2012 Aug; 53(6):657-65. PMID: 22152496.
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    17. Ta VM, Holck P, Chen T, Zane N. Patients' reports about medical doctors' inquiries on their mental health: do generational status, ethnicity and mental health/substance use disorders matter? J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2011 Nov; 22(4):1369-86. PMID: 22080716.
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    18. Frattaroli S, Gielen AC, Piver-Renna J, Pollack KM, Ta VM. Fire prevention in Delaware: a case study of fire and life safety initiatives. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2011 Nov-Dec; 17(6):492-8. PMID: 21964358.
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    19. Ta VM, Kittinger DS, Pham LA, Williams RJ, Eller LN, Nigg CR. Trends in alcohol use among Hawai'i adolescents. Hawaii Med J. 2010 Jul; 69(7):167-71. PMID: 20680925.
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    20. Ta, V.M., Chao, P., & Kaholokula, K.Cultural identity and conceptualization of depression among Native Hawaiian women. AAPI Nexus Journal. 2010; 8(2):63-85.
    21. Ta VM, Holck P, Gee GC. Generational status and family cohesion effects on the receipt of mental health services among Asian Americans: findings from the National Latino and Asian American Study. Am J Public Health. 2010 Jan; 100(1):115-21. PMID: 19910344.
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    22. Hayes DK, Ta VM, Hurwitz EL, Mitchell-Box KM, Fuddy LJ. Disparities in self-reported postpartum depression among Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Women in Hawaii: Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), 2004-2007. Matern Child Health J. 2010 Sep; 14(5):765-773. PMID: 19653084.
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    23. Zhang W, Ta VM. Social connections, immigration-related factors, and self-rated physical and mental health among Asian Americans. Soc Sci Med. 2009 Jun; 68(12):2104-12. PMID: 19427087.
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    24. Ta VM, Hayes D. Racial differences in the association between partner abuse and barriers to prenatal health care among Asian and native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander women. Matern Child Health J. 2010 May; 14(3):350-9. PMID: 19322646.
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    25. Ta VM, Juon HS, Gielen AC, Steinwachs D, McFarlane E, Duggan A. A longitudinal analysis of depressive symptoms among Asian and Pacific Islander mothers at-risk for child maltreatment. Community Ment Health J. 2009 Feb; 45(1):42-55. PMID: 19101797.
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    26. Ta VM, Chen T. Substance abuse among native Hawaiian women in the United States: a review of current literature and recommendations for future research. J Psychoactive Drugs. 2008 Nov; Suppl 5:411-22. PMID: 19248398.
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    27. Bergen G, Frattaroli S, Ballesteros MF, Ta VM, Beach C, Gielen AC. The implementation and utility of fire incident reporting systems: the Delaware experience. J Community Health. 2008 Apr; 33(2):103-9. PMID: 18074209.
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    28. Ta VM, Juon HS, Gielen AC, Steinwachs D, Duggan A. Disparities in use of mental health and substance abuse services by Asian and Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander women. J Behav Health Serv Res. 2008 Jan; 35(1):20-36. PMID: 17647106.
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    29. Ta VM, Frattaroli S, Bergen G, Gielen AC. Evaluated community fire safety interventions in the United States: a review of current literature. J Community Health. 2006 Jun; 31(3):176-97. PMID: 16830506.
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